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James Otto Heiting

Personal injury Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1988

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Highest possible rated firm by judges and lawyers (AV). Hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for clients in personal injury, wrongful death and work comp cases and trials throughout California in state and federal courts. Highly acclaimed.

    48 years

  2. Wrongful death
    Have represented many families and survivors in these tragic cases throughout California, in state and federal courts. Have staff of over 20, including investigator, paralegals and attorneys to put together a team dedicated to the success of the case.

    48 years

  3. Car accident

  4. Brain injury
    Highest possible rated firm by judges and lawyers (AV). Have prosecuted these cases throughout California in state and federal courts. Staff of over 20, including investigator, paralegals and attorneys. Hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for clients of the firm.

    48 years

  5. Birth injury
    Have very successfully taken on many of these tragic cases over the years. Have staff of over 20 to create a team to prosecute cases to the fullest. Highest possible rated firm by judges and lawyers (AV),

    47 years, 1,500 cases


President of the State Bar of California 2005-2006 (over 200,000 lawyers), named a Superlawyer for over a decade with the highest of peer and client ratings.  Focus on personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout career; founder and member of many organizations that train other lawyers and assist other lawyers and judges in the law.  Hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for clients.   

The Reader's Digest did a story on this man and his family in 1996 relative to his recovery from alcoholism, his struggles (including his family and discipline with the Sate Bar that he later lead as its President), and his rise from the ashes.

He became a lawyer to help and serve others.  It is a deep personal commitment to each and every client.  He is also deeply committed to serving his community and fellow human beings in a variety of ways in the law and personally.

He has been married to his wife for over 37 years, and they have 3 adult children.

The work comp division is headed by Richard Irwin, a certified specialist in work comp for over 20 years.



AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
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Client's Choice 2014
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Contact James

Heiting & Irwin
6216 Brockton Ave
Suite 111
Riverside, CA, 92506
Heiting & Irwin, Workers' Comp Division
6346 Brockton Ave.
Riverside, CA, 92506
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  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
dealing w/Johnson and Johnson
I worked w/ Dennis Stout as my attorney, though I met w/ Jim first, as his firm came recommended to me by another attorney as "the gold standard" for their services. I could not have been more pleased with the work they did for me, and the results. Dennis and his associates had to follow many paper trails and deal with J&J attorneys that made this particular case a miasma of processes to figure out. I am SO glad I did not make a "class action" choice. Dennis was quite accessible and the lengthy process was always fully explained. It took time but was ultimately worth it. I highly recommend the firm.
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Posted by Gene | March 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
When I contacted Mr. Heiting, he was very quick to respond. Once we met , I knew he was the right lawyer for me. He met with me and clearly communicated my options. He was committed to my case and was always ready to answer my questions and concerns. His office staff was also very efficient. I am very satisfied. Mr. Heiting is a sharp attorney and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Genia | March 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased with Heiting & Irwin!
The attorneys and staff at Heiting & Irwin are very easy to work with, and far exceeded my expectations in the handling of my personal injury case. They are professional, knowledgeable about the issues involved with my case, and genuinely care about my needs. Mr. Heiting is an exceptional attorney, and I would highly recommend him, and Heiting & Irwin!
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Posted by Robert | February 24, 2015
Mr. Heiting is an excellent attorney. He and his wonderful staff assisted me and my family through a very difficult time. Working with Mr. Heiting and his staff was easily the best experience I’ve ever had in dealing with an attorney or legal matter. He is extremely competent and compassionate. He took time to explain things with clarity and was always available when I needed him. He made me feel safe throughout the process and has never let me down. I am glad to know Mr. Heiting and would recommend him to anyone without reservation.
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Posted by Marvin / Rowena Durment | December 9, 2014
Mr. Heiting showed great interest in my case. Was always helpful and replied to any questions in a timely manner Followed through on all items and was always handling things expiditiously. He kept us informed and was always curtious.
Posted by Mannette | December 8, 2014
What I appreciated most about Jim Heiting is the genuine interest he demonstrated for the duration of my case. It's been five years since my case was won and he still calls to see how I'm doing on occasion. He and his staff were always available to answer any and all questions and made me comfortable in doing so. He always made time to counsel me prior to all depositions and court appearances so I was not only prepared but more at ease with the process. Mr. Heiting is very knowledgable and extremely professional and respected by his peers. I highly recommend Jim Heiting to everyone.
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Posted by Ruth | December 8, 2014
The Best Attorney for personal injury case in San Diego, lives in Riverside, CA.
I tripped on an unmarked obstruction behind Petco Park in an area where the lights had burned out. Local attorneys said, not a big enough case to bother with. James Heiting had his investigator on the scene the day after being contacted. He verified the conditions that existed causing the fall and became a committed advocate for the case. It took nearly 2 and a half years but Mr. Heiting and his firm got me a settlement in 6 figures. It was always a treat to go to the office in Riverside. It is a beautiful old estate home with lots of parking and a friendly staff. Thanks Jim, for caring about my case and seeing it was successfully resolved.
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Posted by Doug | November 18, 2014
Excellent Service for more than 35 years
Over the past 35 years Mr Heiting has represented me in two personal injury cases due to major car accidents. I have referred several clients to him, and he has represented my referrals and myself, with utmost professionalism, Mr. Heiting is very organized and listens to his clients, and keeps us informed with every aspect of the process, and has his client interest at heart over his own. Mr Heiting has always been available to me for advice on other areas as well. I highly recommend James Heiting, to anyone that needs an attorney or may think they may need one.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2014
Mr. Heiting and his staff are awesome, dedicated, and I am thankful for all their hardwork.
Mr. Heiting and his staff are the best. They helped me find out what happend to my daughter during a surgical procedure that cause her death. Without there help I would never have known what happend to my daughter. I thank them with all my heart for their hard work and dedication to my case.
Posted by James | May 15, 2014
Veteran Friendly
I am a veteran recovering from my past, for the past year I have been enrolled in a Veterans Program at Loma LInda VA Hospital , part of the program is a Work Program at the hospital. After doing all that was required of me in this program I was told I would start work in January 2014, but to my suprise they had not one position I could be placed into! Oh! did I tell you I am in a wheelchair!! For five months I went from the bottom person all the way to the VA Hospital Director, no one, could or would do anything! Mr. Heiting, is a friend of the court (Veterans Justice Outreach) where I have a case before Judge M. Johnson, so I took a chance one day when a saw Mr. Heiting and told him of my problem. Mr. Heiting, did not hesitate once he said "call my office, tell them I spoke to and to make an appointment with him. I did this and when we met and went over the problem, said he will be getting back with me the following week. Boy, was I suprised when his office called and told me that the VA was setting up a job for me and I also learned that the VA Hospital reviewed and made changed in the program so that any future veteran in a wheelchair will never have to go through what I did!! And Mr. Heiting went even further! Knowing I am disabled veteran trying to work there has been no cost past on to me, thank Mr. Heiting you will never know how much respect you have earned from myself and other veterans, we salute you all of us for fighting for rights we have earned! Again, my many thanks to you and your firm, would I recommend your services "damn straight", Your Friend' JDW
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Posted by Adam | November 28, 2012
Best lawyer
Mr. Heiting is the best lawyer I have ever used. I have used him for a number of cases and he has taken care of me every time. He is very knowledgeable and kept me informed and in the loop through each case. Anytime I need a lawyer he is my first call.
Posted by SHAR | November 5, 2012
Mr. Hieting has to be one of the most honorable attorneys I have ever had the opportunity of working with. Unbelievable professional and very willing to work with you. Mr Heiting is very up front with you, let's you know if he can help you or not. Would recommend him to anyone looking for someone in his field.
Posted by JoAnne | August 21, 2012
Mr. Heiting represented two college students
I found it necessary to engage the services of Mr. Heiting after the death of my daughter due to an automobile accident. My daughter left two young adult college students, both away a college. I attempted to resolve the issues and deal with the insurance company on my own, but quickly found out the insurance company did not want to deal with me. Besides one of the grandchildren was under 21 and the insurance company wanted a legal guardian to represent the minor. Mr. Heiting took charge, prepared the legal documents for me to act in behalf of the children, and began the process of dealing with the insurance for settlement. To our surprise, he was dealing with both insurance companies, and was able to resolve the case, without causing the kids much distress. All the communication was done by staff and mail and email, which made the process very efficient.
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Posted by Eric | June 24, 2012
Mr. Heiting treated me with respect and dignity throughout the process and his office was quick and responsive getting back to me and keeoing me informed. I felt like family every time I stepped onto his office and they went above and beyond even after the case was settled.
Posted by Ernesto | January 29, 2010
I would recommend Mr, heiting to anybody'
Mr. heiting really care. He has gone great lenghts to help me in every way and puts his entire staff on the case to make sure that they get the best possible result. I suffered very serious injuries and Mr. Heiting took on the biggest cooperations and goverment to get me a great settlement. I would recommend him to anybody.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1988.

Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension issued in CA, 1988
updated on 01/20/2016

This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Heiting & Irwin, a PLC
  • 1978 - Present


  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Western State University
  • Undergraduate
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Fresno intersection accident
  • We were victorious on liability and settled the case soon after the jury came back with the liability verdict.


  • State Bar of California
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • State Bar of California
  • Board of Governors
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1996 - 1997

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • 2009


  • Physicians Reimbursement Risk Management
  • Good Communication Can Reduce Lawsuits
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Multiple conferences and events: local, state and national
  • Medical Malpractice, Injury Claims and Litigation, Trial Practice, Chemical Dependency
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jim Heiting is a tenacious advocate for his clients! I learned this firsthand through working for him for years. He is full of knowledge and uses every ounce of it to get amazing results for his clients. If I was injured due to the fault of another, Jim Heiting would be my first call!"
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Heiting delivers well-considered, incisive analysis in this forum. He has my enthusiastic endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Birth injury Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Birth injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Wrongful death Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I was well aware of Jim Heiting even before I began working with him. In addition to an excellent reputation in the legal community, he has a tremendous commitment to his clients and the community he lives and practices in. He is well respected for his actions inside and outside the courtroom."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jim Heiting for almost three years now. I am constantly impressed with his professionalism, his zealous representation of clients, and the level of civility he brings to his practice of law. There is no finer personal injury attorney in all of the Inland Empire."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim Heiting for about 20 years. He is one of the finest men and lawyers I know. I refer ALL of my personal injury inquiries to him because I trust him to do the best possible job for his clients. I would trust my family in his hands. He is very well respected and liked in our community. I heartily endorse Jim."
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Riverside Personal injury Lawyer James Otto Heiting
James Otto Heiting
Personal injury Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 47 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1988. See details